Keeping in line with its sustainability goal to help the farming communities thrive, global agriculture company, Corteva Agriscience has partnered with local governments and non-profit organizations in India to ensure the health and safety of farmers during the pandemic.
Through partnerships with non-government organizations such as PRADAN, Sewa Bharati and CHD Group, Corteva was able to support over 200,000 plus beneficiaries during the last few months.
Over 16 lakh personal protective equipment (PE) was produced and distributed to farmers across 220 villages. PPE production units were set up in the vulnerable communities of Jharkhand and Bihar, providing temporary employment to women farmers in times of financial difficulty.
Commenting on the initiatives, Dr. Aruna Rachakonda, Marketing Director, Corteva Agriscience, South Asia, said, “We’re committed to enriching the lives of those who produce. Our long-term goal is to improve farmers’ livelihoods and operations while conserving resources and sustaining the land. As these farmers were not able to step out to tend to their fields, demand and supply frameworks were being challenged. Our initiative was targeted to help smallholder farmers and migrant workers resume work, while staying safe.”
The company also supported farmers and their families in these regions by providing two meals every day for two months. A total of 145,000 kg of food was distributed in the survival kits that included other hygiene essentials – supporting migrant workers.
Corteva formed multiple district/block level WhatsApp groups through which volunteers kept in touch with the communities for new updates and information sharing. Through these WhatsApp groups, the communities received updated information around lockdown rules, special transport arrangements and government care package distribution. The volunteers also supervised sanitation and transportation of farm products till market yard and undertook health monitoring initiatives in seed and research farms in about 20 villages, through public health outbreak surveillance methodology.
The Corteva team also worked with local government bodies to help run quarantine facilities in the affected communities, and provided PPEs, food and medical facilities at 15 government established quarantine centers.